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VA Mission Act: A Mission to Help Veterans or Effort to Privatize the VA?

01/17/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

The Veterans Administration Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act was signed into law on June 6, 2018. Dubbed the VA MISSION Act, the “reform” was touted to improve veteran access to VA health care and pave the way for a major overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which has long been plagued with problems that negatively impact our veterans.

Critics, however, see the act as an effort to privatize the VA. If you look at the fine print, they just might be right. 

APWU News Bulletin

Union Vows to Escalate Fight To Preserve Postal Service

08/27/2010 - APWU members vowed to escalate the fight against the Postal Service’s plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery on the fourth day of the union’s 20th Biennial National Convention, unanimously approving a resolution to engage in “rallies, marches, and pickets” in concert with other unions and public interest organizations. 

ALSO: APWU delegates and friends honored fallen union sisters and brothers at a memorial and prayer service on Aug. 22 sponsored by the Human Relations Department.

AND: Members of the APWU Auxiliary had a busy week of training and fundraising — conducting workshops and collecting contributions for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The Auxiliary is an organization of union members’ friends and families.

AND: Union members age 35 and under said their first convention gave them insight to the innerworkings of the APWU.